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The Future (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

January 17, 2018

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Nick Montfort
year published |
2017

How the future has been imagined and made, through the work of writers, artists, inventors, and designers.

The future is like an unwritten book. It is not something we see in a crystal ball, or can only hope to predict, like the weather. In this volume of the MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge series, Nick Montfort argues that the future is something to be made, not predicted. Montfort offers… read more

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

January 12, 2018

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Robert M. Sapolsky
year published |
2017

Sapolsky (Monkeyluv), professor of biology at Stanford, looks at human behavior from myriad interrelated perspectives, endeavoring to explain humans’ strange and often contradictory behavior. He predominantly focuses on exploring “the biology of violence, aggression, and competition” through the lenses of neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, genetics, evolutionary biology, political science, and communication theory. Sapolsky takes complex ideas from the scientific literature, including his own research, and attempts to balance the pros… read more

book | Enlightenment Now

The case for reason, science, humanism and progress.
January 1, 2018

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book title: Enlightenment Now
book deck: The case for reason, science, humanism and progress.
author: by Steven Pinker PhD
book year: 2018

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The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

December 26, 2017

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author |
Daniel Ellsberg
year published |
2017

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the dangers of America’s Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day.

Here, for the first time, former high-level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking firsthand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the… read more

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

December 18, 2017

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Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman
year published |
2017

A key figure in the development of digital technology has his achievements, if not his personality, burnished in this enlightening biography. Journalists Soni and Goodman, authors of Rome’s Last Citizen, explore Claude Shannon’s breakthroughs as a scientist at MIT and Bell Labs in the 1930s and ’40s in electronics and telecommunications. His noteworthy discoveries include a way to rationally design circuits using Boolean algebra, and information theory, which understands communications… read more

Envisioning Holograms: Design Breakthrough Experiences for Mixed Reality

December 18, 2017

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M. Pell
year published |
2017

Explore the approach, techniques, and mindshift needed to design truly breakthrough experiences for the Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality platform. Learn what’s so different about working with holograms, how to think spatially, and where to start designing your own holographic projects. You’ll move rapidly from initial concept to persuasive prototype—all without the need for expensive tools or a designer’s skill set.

Designing for mixed reality is a… read more

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

December 13, 2017

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Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard
year published |
2017

Garry Kasparov’s 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: a machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at this most cerebral game.

That moment was more than a century in the making, and in this breakthrough book, Kasparov reveals his astonishing side of the story… read more

The Quantum Spy: A Thriller

December 1, 2017

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David Ignatius
year published |
2017

From the best-selling author of The Director and Body of Lies comes a thrilling tale of global espionage, state-of-the-art technology, and unthinkable betrayal.

A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb; whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption and break any code in existence. The winner of the race to build the world’s first quantum machine will attain global dominance for generations to come. The… read more

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

November 27, 2017

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Jaron Lanier
year published |
2017

The father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology

Bridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Dawn of the New Everything is a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility.

Through a fascinating look back over his life in technology, Jaron… read more

Disconnected: How To Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids

November 10, 2017

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Mr. Thomas J Kersting
year published |
2016

We see it everywhere: at the park, in restaurants, and inside our homes and cars—kids connected to handheld devices and disconnected from the world around them. According to the latest research, the average thirteen-year-old spends eight hours per day, seven days a week, glued to a screen. Yes, this is problematic, but for every problem there is a solution.

In Disconnected, renowned psychotherapist and longtime school counselor Tom… read more

The Technological Singularity: Managing the Journey (The Frontiers Collection)

October 13, 2017

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Victor Callaghan (Editor), James Miller (Editor), Roman Yampolskiy (Editor), Stuart Armstrong (Editor)
year published |
2017

This volume contains a selection of authoritative essays exploring the central questions raised by the conjectured technological singularity. In informed yet jargon-free contributions written by active research scientists, philosophers and sociologists, it goes beyond philosophical discussion to provide a detailed account of the risks that the singularity poses to human society and, perhaps most usefully, the possible actions that society and technologists can take to manage the journey to any… read more

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

October 13, 2017

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Adam Alter
year published |
2017

“One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction—an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one… read more

The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality (Theoretical Minimum)

October 2, 2017

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Paul Halpern
year published |
2017

The story of the unlikely friendship between the two physicists who fundamentally recast the notion of time and history

In 1939, Richard Feynman, a brilliant graduate of MIT, arrived in John Wheeler’s Princeton office to report for duty as his teaching assistant. A lifelong friendship and enormously productive collaboration was born, despite sharp differences in personality. The soft-spoken Wheeler, though conservative in appearance, was a raging nonconformist full… read more

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us

September 13, 2017

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author |
Jean M. Twenge PhD
year published |
2017

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born… read more

Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

September 8, 2017

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Ilia Stambler
year published |
2017

This book considers the multidisciplinary aspects of longevity promotion, from the advocacy, historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives. The first part on longevity advocacy includes examples of pro-longevity campaigns, outreach materials, frequent debates and policy suggestions and frameworks that may assist in the promotion of research and development for healthy longevity. The second part on longevity history includes analyses of the definition of life-extensionism as a social and intellectual movement,… read more

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